Newcastle-based Dodgy Clutch Theatre Company has set off on a 38 date rural tour of England performing Xolisile’s Song. This rich feast of music, dance and puppetry weaves its way across northern England and Wales, with the final show in Allington Village Hall on 16 April. Tickets are available from Allington Stores or Theresa Tanner on 01400 281042.
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This is the second collaboration with South African artists from Director Ozzie Riley whose first show ‘Elephant’ toured extensively internationally and was praised widely in the uk south Africa and New York’s Broadway.
‘Xolosile’s song’ hosts a talented cast of performers, singers, dancers and musicians from South Africa and the UK. Zamaxolo Mgaduka is the founder of Uhpondo lwe Afrika He won the Eastern Cape’s Cultural Citizen award for his work in traditional African Dance. Nhlanhla Mahlangu is a talented singer and contemporary dancer who trained with Moving into Dance in Johannesburg, He performed a solo piece for the president of the united states at the Washington centre with Hugh Masakala. Amber zamani-esskeli is a recent graduate from the northern school of contemporary dance and Gavin Lewerey Cajun musician pyrotechnician and blacksmith brings his many talents to this perormance. Director Ozzie Riley and choreographer Vivian Woods have produced this moving, visual experience that engages all ages and intellects.
‘Xolisile’s Song’ consists of four simple stories connected through a swallow; the messenger of hope. It tells the lives of four different people in an uplifting tale of innocence and reconciliation.